‘Chismosas’ helpful in contact tracing, says PRO-7 chief

By: Alven Marie A. Timtim - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital | July 21,2020 - 04:35 PM
Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro, new director of the Police regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7), speaks during his arrival honors at Camp Sergio Osmeña on February 7, 2020. CDN Digital photo | Gerard Vincent Francisco

Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro. | CDN Digital file photo

CEBU CITY, Philippines —Being a “chismosa” or “chismoso” may help during these trying times.

It may sound funny, but Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro, director of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7), believes gossipers could be useful as contact tracers who can help stop the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) here.

According to Ferro, gossipers usually know the latest news about other people and this may be a way to help gather information useful for the government in its bid to contain the spread of the deadly virus.

“As what I have said in several pronouncements, it is not only the job or responsibility of the police, military, health workers, and the government. This is a responsibility of all Filipino citizens,” said Ferro.

Read: Ferro: COVID-19 should be a concern of every Filipino

He said that some members of the community who might be despised for being gossip peddlers could help the community in the fight against COVID-19.

Contact tracing is believed to be one of the most effective tool to be able to contain the spread of the virus, which, according to Ferro, would need more contact tracers. He said help from “chismosas” may make tracing easier.

Ferro said that if the community would only cooperate and collaborate with the government, chances of of winning the battle against COVID-19 would be greater.

“It’s a shared responsibility, so we need to help each other. If everyone will just do their basic responsibility, practice of minimum health standards which are: one, wearing of facemask; second, social distancing; third, frequent washing of hands and using of disinfectants – those are the basic things every Filipino should do,” he said. /bmjo

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